Writing Skills Matter

When Grammarly approached me about blogging about the importance of writing skills, I thought sure, why not. Literacy is something I feel strongly about and was one of the reasons I did my BA (in English Literature) and BTeach degrees.

Grammarly’s recent infographic confirms the importance of reading and writing. Why reading as well? The two are connected. One thing I noticed very quickly as a teacher was that the students who were readers had a much better grasp of spelling and grammar, and as reading mileage went up so did their writing skills.

Reading and writing is not just important for students, or passing exams, but is a life skill that is essential in today’s job market. Unfortunately, there does seem to be a decline in basic knowledge, which is why this infographic needs to be out there, and one of the reasons I agreed to write this post.

Look around you. How many signs have you seen with basic grammar mistakes? Even more disturbing, I pick up newspapers both paper and online, and find the same thing. I’ve helped people trying to navigate putting a CV together and have been asked questions like “what’s upper case?”

Given a pile of CVs or query letters to read through, unfortunately it’s not a person’s skill set and experience a perspective employer is going to be looking at. It’s also the simple things like using capitals when writing your name and address, and having other basic grammar rules in place.

Literacy needs to be encouraged, and programmes and tools put into place to help those who are struggling.


About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with two cats who are convinced that the house is run to suit them; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date it appears as though the cats may be winning. In 2008 she completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher and a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts other authors, reviews for the GLBTQ Historical Site “Our Story” and Top2Bottom Reviews, and writes monthly blog posts for Authors Speak and Love Bytes. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions four times and reached the finals three times in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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